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Mike Elgan
Mike Elgan

Is THIS The New iPod Phone?

The Apple "news" sites are notorious for rampant rumors, speculation and -- famously -- "leaked" mockups that in fact turn out to be created by Apple fans with Photoshop. But is THIS picture the real iPod phone?

The Apple sites are notorious for rampant rumors, speculation and -- famously -- "leaked" mockups actually created by Apple fans with Photoshop.

Sometimes, however, even the most unlikely rumors -- such as, for example, that Apple would use Intel chips -- turn out to be true.

This image, posted on the Apple Insider site, may or may not be from Motorola and may or may not be a mock-up of the highly anticipated iPod phone.

My guess is that it's fake. Why? Because it looks to me like a regular phone, with an iPod-like circle pasted onto the keypad. That strikes me as an impossibly inelegant design idea, and much more likely the work of a lazy enthusiast.

We'll see.

UPDATE: Not to be outdone, MacDailyNews later posted these pictures of what look like actual or prototype versions of the CGI mock-up posted on Apple Insider. Hmmmmm. Still looks too clunky to get the Steve Jobs signature.

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